A former employee of White's Mountain Motors LLC has sued the Casper dealership for sex discrimination by a co-worker who harassed her with comments and cell phone messages, according to a complaint filed in federal court last week.
"From the time Plaintiff applied for the job and was subsequently hired by Defendant, she was repeatedly subjected to unwelcome sexual and age-based harassment and intimidation while on the job," according to the complaint filed by her attorney, John Robinson of Casper.
Robinson declined to comment.
Brad Follensbee, general manager of the dealership at 2400 E. Yellowstone Highway, said he was familiar with the lawsuit but declined to comment. Follensbee became the general manager in June, and the alleged incidents occurred before his arrival, he said.
According to the complaint, the dealership recruited Jo Snidow, who was older than 40, from Denver in February 2007 to work in the service department as a dispatcher.
Before she arrived, co-worker Todd Callies already had been fired for allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct and then rehired, according to the complaint.
Callies would make unwelcome comments about Snidow's body and her age, such as "Depends or thongs today?"
He also used his cell phone to send her lewd text messages and photos, according to the complaint.
Later, Callies asked Snidow to delete one of the messages, and she refused.
After she reported an incident in which she received a lewd message and photo, she saw Callies and the business's management laughing at a meeting, according to the complaint.
White's Mountain Motors fired Snidow on Jan. 10, 2008, according to the complaint.
She filed a charge of discrimination with the Wyoming Department of Employment on Feb. 25, 2008, and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sent her a "notice of right to sue letter" dated Sept. 29, 2010.
However, Snidow's complaint did not state how the Wyoming Department of Employment ruled on the allegations of discrimination.
She is seeking damages to be proven at trial because of the harassment and White's Mountain Motors' negligence in supervising Callies. Damages include loss of income, earning capacity, loss of enjoyment of life, severe emotional pain and suffering, mental anguish, costs and attorney's fees, according to the complaint.
Casper attorney James Worthen represented the dealership when the Department of Employment investigated Snidow's discrimination complaint, and will represent it in this lawsuit.
Worthen declined to comment on the lawsuit, but he could explain the omission in Snidow's complaint about the result of the Department of Employment's investigation, he said.
"The investigation was done and the Department of Employment found no violation of federal or state law," Worthen said.